We knew Mitch Gueller was unlikely to make it to Pullman after he was drafted No. 54 overall in the MLB draft last week, but now it's official. Gueller singed a contract with the Phillies Sunday night and will begin his professional career.
The deal comes with a reported bonus of $940,000, which was right at the slot recommendation for the pick. It's tough to blame Gueller for forgoing college. He got a significant bonus and will now begin his path to MLB. That doesn't, however, mean this one doesn't sting a little bit. Gueller would have been a huge addition to Donnie Marbut's team and as the story linked above noted, WSU may have missed out by the slightest of margins.
Gueller said he "probably" would have come to WSU if he had been drafted in the second round or lower.
The second round, of course, begins with the No. 61 pick. I guess for Marbut, you could say Gueller was the one who got away.
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